Tag Archives: isolation

Social Isolation Kills

I came across this yesterday. Loneliness and social isolation could kill you early, reveals new study The researchers conducted two meta-analyses which involved 3,00,000 participants and found that greater social connection is associated with a 50 percent reduced risk of … Continue reading

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Three Comments on Facebook

Three comments recently appeared under a Facebook post by Audrey Silk, each one describing the social isolation of smokers in much the same way: There were several other commenters in agreement, including myself – because my experience of social division … Continue reading

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When Is The War On Tea Going To Start?

It always puzzles me that the first – and most potent – drug that I crave on waking at dawn is widely available in shops, freely advertised everywhere, consumed by both adults and children, and not deemed to be poisonous, … Continue reading

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Escape Velocity

Smokingscot has his own blog, on which he periodically writes thoughtful essays. His latest starts with a telling observation: I’ve often pondered what the real difference is between people who are unemployed and those who are “exiled” (to quote Ms … Continue reading

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The Pill Poppers

Mail: EXCLUSIVE: Prince’s former drug dealer tells how the legend spent $40,000 at a time on six-month supplies of Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches – highly addictive opioid pain killers – for 25 years… The dealer said the musician suffered … Continue reading

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Unwelcome at the Welcome Inn

For the past week or so I’ve been toying with an idea for a cartoon of someone sitting smoking outside a pub. I thought of a number of possible variations on it, including sitting outside a derelict or ruined pub. … Continue reading

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Self-Induced Social Isolation and Self-Stigma

I’d like to continue where I left off last night, thinking about an antismoking blog post about “Why campaigns that stigmatize smokers can make them want to quit even less”. One of the other things I noticed about this article was … Continue reading

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